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Old October 22nd, 2017, 06:21 AM   #381
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Hong Kong Airlines hints at Boeing Dreamliner order to rival Cathay Pacific in long-haul flights
City’s third-biggest carrier keen to hasten its global growth, executive reveals
October 21, 2017
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Hong Kong Airlines has hinted it will order new Boeing long-haul aircraft to speed up its ambitious global expansion to rival Cathay Pacific Airways.

In what would be a break from tradition, the city’s third-biggest airline singled out the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Its current fleet consists exclusively of Airbus planes.

George Liu, the airline’s chief marketing officer, said on Friday at a South China Morning Post conference: “To fly long haul, we have to introduce new aircraft. Right now we are still all-Airbus, but ... if we are talking to Boeing about 787s ... that [is a] possibility.”

“We have always been talking to Boeing and Airbus about possibilities,” added Liu, a former Boeing director and 12-year veteran of the US aircraft manufacturer.

An airline source familiar with the matter described the reference to Boeing as deliberate.

“Hong Kong Airlines is definitely not going to have an all-Airbus fleet in the future,” the source said.
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:21 AM   #382
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 05:41 AM   #383
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Hong Kong Airlines seeks Belt and Road partners amid plans for expansion
Vice-chairman of airlines tells the Post they hopes to seek new opportunities along trade route
November 3, 2017
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Hong Kong Airlines is eyeing new partners to help it expand and boost business access to the Beijing-led Belt and Road trade route, a top official revealed.

The lack of direct flights to countries along the route presented a number of “opportunities” for the airline to grow in scale, the airline’s vice-chairman Tang King-shing said in an exclusive interview.

“We are active in considering new opportunities to extend our network by doing it through our own fleet expansion, code-sharing or interlining arrangements, which put us in quite a good position in pursuing the opportunities that can be created by the Belt and Road Initiative,” he said.

Launched in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road Initiative is a strategy to open up commerce and trade along more than 65 countries through land and sea corridors.

For Hong Kong Airlines, the Maldives will be one of the first, and most exotic destinations, to join the company’s growing list of destinations along the route.

The airline said it was pushing to start direct flights to India, Kazakhstan and parts of Indonesia as the company expands internationally. It already sells tickets to these countries for different airlines, a practise known in the industry as “code-sharing”.

Cathay Pacific Airways, which has a number of passenger and cargo flights linking up to the Belt and Road, has previously identified Iran as an ideal new destination.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 05:55 PM   #384
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Old November 10th, 2017, 03:36 AM   #385
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HK Express granted five-year license
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10 Nov 2017

Hong Kong Express Airways has been banned from increasing destinations, putting on additional flights, or acquiring new aircraft for the time being, the Civil Aviation Department said yesterday.

The department said it had accepted the airline's report regarding the cancellation of multiple flights during Golden Week.

The airline has been granted another five-year operating license.

The report said the cancellations stemmed from the successive resignations of HK Express' safety and emergency and procedure trainers within a short period, while newly recruited trainers had yet to secure the necessary approvals from the authority.

"HK Express' report demonstrated that, after filling the vacancies and increasing the number of safety and emergency procedure trainers, as well as carrying out a leadership reshuffle, HK Express has regained its ability to provide steady flight services," a CAD spokesman said.

The report revealed "the poor internal management and corporate governance, a lack of effective internal communications, under-estimation of the impact of the incident, and insufficient sensitivity to public concern."

The CAD said HK Express had to start "pooling resources together to optimize its internal management and corporate governance" in order to avoid a recurrence of similar incidents.

HK Express will only be allowed to operate new destinations and increase flights when the department is satisfied with the implementation of various rectification measures effectively, the spokesman said.
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Old November 16th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #387
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Hong Kong Airlines to fly to the Maldives, providing customers with more choices than ever
Nov 13, 2017
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Hong Kong Airlines today announced that it would operate a three-time weekly service to the Maldives from 16 January 2018.

Located in the majestic Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of a series of islands renowned for their natural beauty. As a popular holiday hotspot, the islands that make up this exotic travel destination are blessed with white sandy beaches, and are surrounded by crystal clear water – home to a spectacular array of underwater life.

The perfect holiday begins even before passengers touch down at Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Hong Kong Airlines will operate its Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which features a two-class configuration, including 32 full-flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class. Combined with an immersive range of inflight entertainment content, and sumptuous gourmet meals in the air, Hong Kong Airlines is looking to deliver an unforgettable flight experience to all.

Mr Wayne Wang, Assistant Director of Commercial at Hong Kong Airlines said: “The Maldives represents the perfect getaway for a growing number of travellers, having enjoyed a 5.9% year-on-year growth during the first eight months of 2017, according to official statistics by the Ministry of Tourism (Republic of Maldives). Hong Kong Airlines is looking to meet this demand, as we strive to provide customers from Hong Kong and beyond with more choices than before.”
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Old November 28th, 2017, 02:03 PM   #388
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Airline boss apologizes over canceled flights
Nov 28, 2017
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Hong Kong Express executive chairman Zhong Guosong bowed and apologized at a Legislative Council panel meeting for the cancellation of flights during the National Day golden week.

"Before I speak, let me apologize to the public on behalf of the board and management of Hong Kong Express," Zhong said yesterday before bowing briefly.

Zhong and other executives of the budget airline were brought to the economic development panel by the Civil Aviation Department after the carrier's flight cancellations caused mayhem.

In September the company unexpectedly announced the cancellation of 18 flights during the golden week due to insufficient number of standby cabin crews caused by the departure of four safety and emergency and procedures, or SEP, trainers within a short period of time.

In the end 14 flights were canceled.

Zhong yesterday said the cancellations affected 2,857 passengers, 379 of whom requested full refunds while the others boarded other flights.

He said since then there had been reforms within the airline to avoid a repeat of similar incidents. Zhong said there had already been changes in the airline's management team and the company was focusing on improving its human resources management.

Lawmakers pressed the CAD for the reasons it did not intervene sooner, as the department was told of the departures of SEP trainers in August.
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Hong Kong Express the ‘least punctual’ among city’s carriers with 3 in 10 flights late in November
Latest industry statistics show that despite a modest improvement, HK Express, sanctioned last month for abrupt flight cancellations, still has some way to go in improving operational performance
South China Morning Post Excerpt
December 16, 2017

Three out of every 10 Hong Kong Express flights ran late in November, despite the budget carrier sharpening its act slightly after it was slapped with sanctions by the civil aviation regulator for causing chaos through abrupt flight cancellations.

The figure, from latest industry statistics, was an improvement over 42 per cent of HK Express’ scheduled flights failing to meet on-time performance standards – measured by departures or arrivals within 15 minutes of the scheduled time – in October.

But it still lagged behind other Hong Kong-based airlines in its operational performance, despite being under greater scrutiny.

Data released by OAG Aviation this week ranked the carrier as one of the worst among 161 airlines around the world and last among local airlines for lateness last month.

Last month, Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department banned HK Express from taking delivery of new aircraft and adding flights or destinations to its network until April 30 next year.

This was punishment for its sudden scrapping of 18 flights between Hong Kong and Seoul, Osaka and Nagoya from October 1 to 8 – ruining travel plans of some 2,000 passengers during the busy “Golden Week” National Day holiday period.

Given the fewer number of planes it operated to fewer destinations in November, HK Express managed to achieve a perfect score in cancellations, of zero per cent, the lowest among all local airlines.
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